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IBM claims it can cut the cost for AI models in the cloud with custom silicon to cash in on the surge of interest in generative models like ChatGPT. Tech companies have been desperate to exploit the new interest in AI caused by ChatGPT, even though that may now be on the wane, with traffic to OpenAI's website falling by an …

  1. steelpillow Silver badge

    Custom AI processors do seem to be the flavour of the month. We have this IBM AIU, which is a custom ASIC optimised for Watson, and we also have the Chiplet Cloud announced, in which you assemble your LLM-specific ASIC from standard chiplets, to cut development time and cost.

    The general processing unit or GPU began its life as just such a dedicated ASIC, the graphics processing unit. How long before we see the GIU - general intelligence unit - hijacked as a marketing thing, even though it just runs arbitrary LLMs and does nothing like general intelligence?

  2. dharmOS

    AIU code compatible with Telum accelerator?

    Is this AIU code compatible with the Telum ISA used in the z16 Mainframe CPU? Does this mean that the same acceleration coding can run on zOS and X64 platforms?

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